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Open Educational Resources: OER at Charles Sturt

OER at Charles Sturt

The Library supports open education practices and aims to help reduce learning barriers for students by providing access to the Pressbooks publishing platform. This platform allows for the creation, adaptation, and sharing of accessible and interactive Open Educational Resources (OER), including Open Textbooks.

The Library can assist academic authors who wish to publish an open textbook for use in current or future Charles Sturt University subjects on the Pressbooks platform. 

Contributions to the adaptation, development or peer review of OER may contribute to scholarly activity in learning and teaching: Guidance-Note-Scholarly-Activity.pdf (

To see examples of locally developed OER check out the Library's recently published titles: Catalog – Open Textbook Publishing (

Library support for OER adaptation or development

The Library can provide:

  • Access to a "shell" on the Pressbooks platform.
  • Technical advice, support and training resources to facilitate the use of the Pressbooks platform for the development or adaptation of OER.
  • Support for authors to manage book projects.
  • Guidance on copyright and licensing issues.

Author responsibilities:

  • Manage book project(s) in accordance with best practice guidelines (with library support as required).
  • Create and add content to your Pressbooks shell.
  • Understand and ensure compliance with copyright and licensing requirements.
  • Understand and adhere to accessibility standards.
  • Follow an appropriate peer review process.
  • Regularly update the Library on project progress.

The CAUL (Council of Australian University Librarians) Open Educational Resources Collective Publishing Workflow provides step but step guidance for authors: Home - Open Educational Resources Collective Publishing Workflow - LibGuides at CAUL - Council of Australian University Librarians.


Please note: Charles Sturt Library must provide final publishing approval on the Pressbooks platform to ensure: 

  • Copyright and licensing compliance.
  • Accessibility guidelines have been met.
  • An appropriate peer review process has been followed.

The library requires 3 weeks for the QA process. 

Contact us

Ready to take the next step and include an OER in your subject? Or even considering adapting an existing OER or publishing a new one? Contact your Faculty Librarian to discuss how we can support you!

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